Stitching techniques

Correct tension for stitching

Using an embroidery hoop can help you get the correct tension for stitching to amke sure your fabric doesn't get distorted as you stitch

How to stop fabric from fraying

If you're stitching a project over several weeks or months, the fabric edges can get tatty and frayed. Here's a simple guide to help prevent this happening to your stitching.

Stitching using waste canvas

How to stitch using waste canvas

Waste canvas is great for adding cross stitch designs to all sorts of different fabrics.

How to blend threads

How to blend threads

The two-tone effect of blended stitches adds texture and movement – perfect for natural effects like fur and also leaves

or bark


How to attach charms to your stitching

How to attach charms to your stitching

Adding charms to your stitching can really add a sparkle and make a simple pattern really something special!



Blanket stitch

How to do blanket stitch for decorative seams

Blanket stitch is a decorative stitch that is useful as a finishing technique when making up projects - it is easy to hand-sew, joining fabric pieces together or sometimes when doing applique (applying fabric shapes to the surface of another fabric, as decoration). Follow our simple steps to learn how to do blanket stitch today…

Stitching with plastic canvas

How to stitch on plastic canvas

Use our handy hints for getting the most from stitching on plastic canvas.

squashed fractional cross stitch

How to stitch squashed fractionals

Squashed fractionals are worked when chart squares are split horizontally or vertically into two symbols.

how to satin stitch

How to do satin stitch

To work satin stitch, just bring your needle up, then down again, across as many threads of the fabric as indicated on the chart.


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